Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Forest Ecosystem Recovery Following Disturbance

Project Reference Number: 2004-08

Project Status: Complete

Led by: Allen Banner, Research Ecologist, Ministry of Forests and Range, Smithers

Philip LePage, Research Silviculturist, Ministry of Forests and Range, Smithers; Karen McKeown, Ecology Assistant, Ministry of Forests and Range, Smithers; Curtis Bjork, Clearwater; Gentian Botanical Research, Smithers

Funder: Ministry of Forests

The overall objective of this project is to quantify selected second growth coastal forest ecosystems attributes in order to provide a field-based assessment of ecosystem recovery following disturbance. This objective was accomplished through a retrospective examination of coastal second growth forest stands that have developed after man-caused and natural disturbances. These disturbances included old clear cutting and select-to-cut logging operations and aboriginal burning. The intent is to characterize the ecological condition and level of ecosystem recovery toward ‘old-growth’ stand conditions.

The project involved 3 years of field data collection in the CWHvh2 on the north and central coast and 25 plots were completed. This represents approximately 170 person-days of work in the field plus many more months of data analysis in the office.

The first paper from this project, that documents the responses of the vegetation community, was published in December, 2008 (Can. J. For. Res. 38: 3098-3111) “Long-term recovery of vegetation communities after harvesting in the coastal temperate rainforests of northern British Columbia.” by Allen Banner and Philip LePage. Additional papers dealing with changes in the forest composition and structure, the epiphytic bryophyte and lichen composition, and the forest floor faunal communities are currently underway.

 

Related Reports

Publication Date Report Title Authors
2014 Long-term recovery of forest structure and composition after harvesting in the coastal temperate rainforests of northern British Columbia Phil LePage, Allen Banner
2008 Long-term recovery of vegetation communities after harvesting in the coastal temperate rainforests of northern British Columbia Allen Banner and Philip LePage